Pakistan desires peace,stability in Bahrain, Middle East: President


President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said that Pakistan desired peace, security and stability in Bahrain and indeed in the whole of the Middle East.

Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar quoted the President as saying that Pakistan and the region was used to a very stable region and would not like its stability to be upset in any way.

Pakistan believes that it will be dangerous for regional peace and stability if the system was destabilized one way or the other, the President said while talking to Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Ambassador of Bahrain to Pakistan Mohammad Ebrahim Mohammad Abdul Qadir and Rashid Saad Dhaffer Al Doseri, ambassador also accompanied the foreign minster.
Those who attended the meeting included M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Malik Asif Hayat, Secretary to the President, Salman Bashir, Foreign Secretary and Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar.
Spokesperson to the President said that current regional issues and Pak-Bahrain bilateral relations, current situation in Bahrain also came under discussion.
The President said that Pakistan highly values its relations with the brotherly Muslim country Bahrain and emphasized upon further enhancing relations between the two countries.
The President said that although Bahrain was not endowed with abundant natural resources yet relatively it had a much higher per capita income largely due to the political and social stability that it has enjoyed under its leadership.
The President said that it was important that restraint was exercised by all and violence and conflict avoided. He expressed the hope that the government and the people of Bahrain will soon be able to overcome all difficulties. Pakistan also welcomed the steps being taken for reconciliation in Bahrain, the President said.
The President also lauded the social and economic progress made by Bahrain under its leadership and said that Pakistan wished continued prosperity and stability of Bahrain and its people.
The President said that the presence of a sizeable Pakistani community living and working in Bahrain was a manifestation of close bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Spokesperson said that the President noted with appreciation that the government and the people of Bahrain have always extended support to Pakistan in every hour of need including the deadly 2005 earthquake and the recent devastating floods in Pakistan.
Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, thanked the President for meeting and expressed the hope that the existing close cooperation between the two countries would continue to grow.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled also described Pakistan as “pillar of stability” in the region.